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Thread started 09/04/11 7:47am

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The White Album vs. Sign o' The Times

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Two career defining masterpieces. Both great albums with classic songs. Both regarded as classic albums by critics and fans alike. Which one do you choose, The White Album or Sign o' The Times?

(I honestly don't know what to choose, so I'll back out of this one).

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Reply #1 posted 09/04/11 7:54am

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I've always thought they seemed equivalent in some ways, a complete mix of genres, but a certain sound that carries through. Also a certain degree of non-commercial songs, more experimental in that they don't pander to a teenage audience in terms of sound or lyric. They also both don't seem "fun" for the most part, and have a kind of midnight serious mood, even when there are silly elements. Of course they are both sprawling double albums in the time of vinyl.

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Reply #2 posted 09/04/11 8:05am

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I can't stand listening to The Beatles, so it's an easy choice for me... biggrin

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Reply #3 posted 09/04/11 9:01am

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Actually not a big fan of the white album. I prefer Abbey Road and Sgt. Pepper, so I'm going with SOTT
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Reply #4 posted 09/04/11 10:06am

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How can you do this to me?!

Very hard to choose one considering how much I love them both.

The white album really took the Beatles back to more conventional rock after sgt Pepper and Magical mystery tour, I think it was a good move. Yer Blues and Happiness is a warm gun are two of my favourites.

Going to have to sit on the fence here and give them both 9 out of 10.

[Edited 9/4/11 10:07am]

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Reply #5 posted 09/04/11 10:11am

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have never listened to the white album, so sott, i guess hmm

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Reply #6 posted 09/04/11 10:17am

Pentacle

If you could only own one album, from cradle to the grave, it would be that same White Album.

So... no choice, really!

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Reply #7 posted 09/04/11 11:37am

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Sign.

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Reply #8 posted 09/04/11 1:59pm

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That's a hard choice for me. Can't really choose because I love both albums very much and like someone said, they compliment each other stylistically and mood-wise. Prince's album was his answer to the tail end of the 80s, while The Beatles' was their answer to the tail end of the 60s. music

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Reply #9 posted 09/04/11 4:31pm

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From both eras....I like them both, but overall I prefer the SOTT.

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Reply #10 posted 09/04/11 8:09pm

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Both are extremely important to me.

I casn't choose. wink

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Reply #11 posted 09/04/11 10:22pm

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Thw White Album is garbage.

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Reply #12 posted 09/04/11 11:12pm

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Pretty sure SOTT wouldn't be around without The White Album. Prince is a Beatles fan, and you can tell this album is one of the MANY inspirations in SOTT. So... just saying for those who are saying the white album is ''garbage'' lol

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Reply #13 posted 09/05/11 1:01am

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BigAudio said:

Thw White Album is garbage.

Is it a tough life, being deaf?

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Reply #14 posted 09/05/11 1:33am

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Gunsnhalen said:

Pretty sure SOTT wouldn't be around without The White Album. Prince is a Beatles fan, and you can tell this album is one of the MANY inspirations in SOTT. So... just saying for those who are saying the white album is ''garbage'' lol

no, Sott would be there without the album.

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Reply #15 posted 09/05/11 3:42am

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Reply #16 posted 09/05/11 6:14am

SPYZFAN1

Love both..but I'm going with the one that I heard first and can listen to all the way through without skipping a song.

The White Album.

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Reply #17 posted 09/05/11 8:18am

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hhhhdmt said:

Gunsnhalen said:

Pretty sure SOTT wouldn't be around without The White Album. Prince is a Beatles fan, and you can tell this album is one of the MANY inspirations in SOTT. So... just saying for those who are saying the white album is ''garbage'' lol

no, Sott would be there without the album.

Actually that probably is true, SOTT would probably be very different. So would a lot of artsy albums including "Songs in the Key of Life". It's kind of like that Ray Bradbury story "A Sound of Thunder". In that story going back in time and stepping on one butterfly changes the entire future. But the White Album was a lot more than a little butterfly!

People don't seem to realize just how popular The Beatles were, and how ALL ears were on them in their time. if they, in 1968, released a double album with no artwork on the blank all white cover, with a tracklist of songs that jump genre and mood including many strange arrangements and even a sound collage... then you can bet it was a door opener and example for all recording artists that came after. There are unmeasurable iterations of influence.

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Reply #18 posted 09/05/11 8:18am

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that's like comparing 3 albums, Paul's bit of the White album, John's bit of the White album and prince's sign o' the times

(and for the record, Paul pisses all over John)

Unfair to compare i think

[Edited 9/5/11 8:27am]

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Reply #19 posted 09/05/11 8:32am

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RicoN said:

that's like comparing 3 albums, Paul's bit of the White album, John's bit of the White album and prince's sign o' the times

(and for the record, Paul pisses all over John)

Unfair to compare i think

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don't forget that George contributed two very important songs: "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" and "Piggies"

("Piggies" is important because Charles Manson derived personal meaning from many songs of The White Album. "Piggies" was used in particular to justify attacks, with the lyrics "what they need's a damn good whacking". During the murders of Sharon Tate, Leno and Rosemary LaBianca, Gary Hinman and others, the words 'political piggy', 'pig' and 'death to pigs' were written with the victims' blood on the walls. In the case of the LaBianca murders, knives and forks were actually inserted into the victims in reference to the lyric "Clutching forks and knives to eat their bacon"

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Reply #20 posted 09/05/11 8:34am

JohnnyB

...................................what was the question?

I adore SOTT...but I go for the White album....

Dear prudence,

While my guitar gently weeps,

Happiness is a warm gun,

Blackbird,

Yer Blues,

Helter Skelter,

Julia

etc.

I think I want to listen to the white album right now....

(I was listening to Abbey Road...when I saw this topic )

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Reply #21 posted 09/05/11 8:37am

UltraLash

The White Album by a wide margin.

SOTT is fantastic. But the schizophrenic, epic, genre-bending insanity of The White Album wins.

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Reply #22 posted 09/05/11 12:37pm

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Both, of course!!!

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Reply #23 posted 09/05/11 12:39pm

dandeeland

no comparison at all, The White album.

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Reply #24 posted 09/05/11 12:56pm

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Love both of them. There's more variety on The White Album, so if I had to choose one for eternity, I'd go with The Beatles! Love me some SOTT though! dancing jig

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Reply #25 posted 09/05/11 1:19pm

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sign o the times

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Reply #26 posted 09/05/11 1:23pm

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Since Im more endeaqred to Abbey Road anyways..and the fact that TWA doesn't have Adore on it....I pick SOTT

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Reply #27 posted 09/05/11 2:07pm

ufoclub

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I actually probably like SOTT more than The White Album, and I'm a huge Beatles nutbar.

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Reply #28 posted 09/05/11 2:10pm

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My favourites from both, but I'd go with SOTT.

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Reply #29 posted 09/05/11 8:51pm

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Pentacle said:

BigAudio said:

Thw White Album is garbage.

Is it a tough life, being deaf?

Not deaf, the album sucks. Save for 2 songs. I threw it in the fire. It's cool if you like though........

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